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Old 07-08-2012, 12:44 PM   #1
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AKV CL PTR/TR - taking practically first timers -TR starts on P. 17 (completed)

Greetings everybody and welcome to my first PTR. I had not planned on doing one for this trip because I'm not sure there's much to talk about, but I feel at a bit of a loss without talking about my Disney plans. I find I like to talk about Disney much more than the average bear and only people on the DIS understand.

Dates for the trip:

09/03-09/10/12. We'll be arriving at MCO at 9:40 am on the third and leaving at 7:15 on the tenth so will have pretty much a full 8 days.

Players of the trip:

My mother - Jeanette

DB - Richard

SiL - Melanie

Me - Pam

A little history:

I purchased DVC, home resort AKV, in January 2011 and had promised myself not to share the news because it was a big purchase and I didn't want anybody judging me. Well that lasted maybe 4 months. I just couldn't control myself any longer and had to share the good news. I have absolutely no idea what came over me, but I offered to take my DB and SiL in the next year. I say I don't know what came over me because these people are not my favorite. Yes they're family, and that might sound terrible, but over the years they have caused me a lot of stress and grief. Unfortunately when things are good one tends to forget the bad, so when I offered to take them things must have been good. I'm really hoping I can make the most of this trip and still have a wonderful time.

I wanted to take them in the Adventure Season to use the least amount of points, and September 2012 seemed to work for everybody. At some point I offered to just send them on their own because it did not seem like a fun trip, but they do not want to go alone. Neither of them have been to WDW in over fifteen years and would have no idea where to start. I kindly asked my mother to come along to help keep my sanity, and it is not in her nature to refuse a free trip so thankfully agreed to come.

Since I had just bought at AKV and had very quickly fallen in love with the place that was the only resort on the list. The plan was to get two studios CL because I did CL on the previous trip when I bought DVC and did not want to be without it, it was so fabulous.

I patiently waited until exactly my 11 month window, called at exactly 9:00 am and was able to get exactly what I wanted. It was not without a bit of stress because the CM was only able to book one room at a time. The whole time we were booking the first room I kept thinking anybody could be calling and getting the other room. This was before they set up the wonderful online booking system which I now absolutely love. There are only 5 CL studios so I knew it was a strong possibility I wouldn't get both, but I did NOT want to be in the same room with them. Also, if I got a 2 BR it would have been more than the points for two studios. This is the best of everything.

I'm hoping you guys can give me tips on what I shouldn't miss for these two who are practically first timers. They were both kids when they last went, and I really want to make this trip a good one. I don't want to run them ragged so I know I need to take things easy and factor in pool time and breaks. I'm also having to keep this a budget friendly trip for them, so have only planned two sit down breakfasts and the rest will be CS. I'm hoping they take advantage of the CL as much as possible because I know that helps a lot.

That's it for now, will be back with a daily schedule later.
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Old 07-08-2012, 12:54 PM   #2
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Old 07-08-2012, 12:58 PM   #3
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I'm in! Loved your last TR. I hope things go well for you this time. Just keep saying "happy place, happy place" and you will really be there!
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Old 07-08-2012, 02:27 PM   #6
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Old 07-08-2012, 02:35 PM   #7
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I'm in! Loved your last TR. I hope things go well for you this time. Just keep saying "happy place, happy place" and you will really be there!
That is an excellent mantra! I really hope so too. The problem is they're not good communicators at all, so they don't want to talk about plans. I'm thinking I need two or three back up plans in case they don't like what I've come up with. Who knows, I might never invite anyone else to Disney after this...

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I'm in. I am most curious to see how the newly elected point czar is going to use all her points.
that gave me a lovely chuckle! This trip I booked last October before I bought more points so I had to borrow from 2013. This is why I went to SSR the day we got off the ship to see if they could help move my points around.

Glad you're along for the ride I'm just hoping and praying there's no family drama in September.
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My pleasure... Since I am not going I have to live thru everyone's TR's.... and yours are great!
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The tentative plans look great!

I'm glad that R&M are looking forward to the trip.

I'll got back and read your cruise report when I have a bit more time. The job search is still going strong thanks...had an interview last week but was not successful

I've learnt from it though and will move onto the next one...can't wait until the day I can finally say I have a permanent job!

Do you still plan to visit Harry Potter sometime soon?

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Old 07-17-2012, 02:55 PM   #13
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I hope everyone had a great Monday. I know I didn't sound very enthusiastic about this trip, but it could not come fast enough. Work has been very stressful and I am so looking forward to getting away and relaxing.

I had dinner with R & M the other night, and they are getting very excited. I gave them the run down of the schedule and made sure they knew that whenever they didn't like how the day was going they would be free to head off on their own. This didn't go over well. They are trusting me to show them a good time and will stick with mom and I and do whatever I plan on doing. I'll be curious how long this lasts. I'm just glad they're really looking forward to this. Who knows, it could be a great bonding experience for everyone.
Time will fly and before you know it, it will be time to pack. I am glad that your family is looking forward to the trip and that they are open to go along with your plans.

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The tentative plans look great!

I'm glad that R&M are looking forward to the trip.

I'll got back and read your cruise report when I have a bit more time. The job search is still going strong thanks...had an interview last week but was not successful

I've learnt from it though and will move onto the next one...can't wait until the day I can finally say I have a permanent job!

Do you still plan to visit Harry Potter sometime soon?

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I'm sorry you're still on the hunt. It is such a frustrating ordeal to go through. I'm glad you're able to stay positive, that is a big help.

Oh yes, definitely still planning on visiting Harry Potter. If I don't get over to see the sets I'll regret it forever. The problem is I have to wait until my work schedule opens up. Technically I'm still in the training phase and can't request how I'd like my schedule to be. I work four ten hour days, and right now they're not putting all four days in a row which is a pain. The only reason I'm able to go in September is because I had it booked before I was hired.
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Every day I'm getting more excited about this trip. I mean, why not be excited. I'll be at my favorite resort of all time, CL no less, and for eight days. I can not let the potential drama weigh me down. And who knows, there may be no drama. I bought us all matching 'We're Going to Disney' shirts yesterday since the online store has 25% off everything. I may have bought some other things as well The discount was a perfect excuse for me to buy some things I've been eyeing for a while.

So must do's at Hollywood Studios:

Tower of Terror, no doubt about it. M has reservations about this, is terrified of falling. I explained the mechanics of the ride and she seems to be pacified for now. I'll try to get on this a second time, but we'll see how the group feels.

Rockin' Roller Coaster, an absolute must. Maybe numerous rides if the line isn't too bad. I know everyone will love this.

Toy Story Mania, of course. I'm thinking we might have to wait for EMHs for this one, since we won't be getting to HS in the morning. But I also don't know if everyone will be doing the same thing during EMHs. We'll play this by ear.

Backlot Tour, I know they'll enjoy this, and probably be happy to sit down for a while. On one of M's trips, might have been her only trip but I'm not sure, they did this and she was just terrified of the canyon scene. Must lay to rest these fears. Nobody should be afraid at Disney.

Lights, Motor, Action, yes on the list. I'll have to be careful and check the times right when we get in and perhaps plan the day around this. I know they'll really like it. I'm trying to factor in as many sitting things because I know they'll need it.

Muppet 3D, absolutely. Love this show. For anybody who hasn't checked, they really did leave the key under the mat. Hopefully I'll remember to take a picture for you.

Star Tours, another absolutely. I will probably sit a second or third ride out. I got very uncomfortable doing back to back rides in December and do not want a repeat of that sensation. M is not a sci-fi lover, but we will force her to do this.

Indiana Jones, not my favorite any more, but I know R & M will enjoy this. And provide a much needed rest by this point.

The Great Movie Ride, will try to hit this when the line is short. Perhaps during EMH's. My favorite is the Alien scene, it's so wonderfully scary waiting for the alien to come out of the ceiling!

Whenever we're walking past the Honey I Shrunk the Kids play area we'll walk through it, R has great memories of this from prior trips.

We will only do Beauty and the Beast and The Little Mermaid shows if time permits. I think we're looking at a pretty full day, but if the lines are short we may have extra time on our hands.

At some point before it closes I'd like to stop in at Starring Rolls and get some goodies. We might have lunch there, but if not I'll still need to stop by. I'm going to give R & M a choice about lunch. We can either eat at the Mara when we get to the hotel, have some snakcs in the CL and/or have lunch somewhere in HS. It all depends on how hungry everybody is. If everyone is tided over by snacks we can get to HS faster. I don't want grumps on my hands, so if they're dying of starvation we'll have to get something at the resort.
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